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Oil Boilers

There are a few different types of boilers available for home heating. Which fuel source a boiler uses depends somewhat on what is supported by the utilities available in a particular area, as well as by local laws.

While electric and natural gas are both common options, oil boilers are popular in areas where natural gas isn’t as readily available. They’ve also experienced a recent resurgence due to the development of renewable biodiesel fuels that can be used in addition to conventional heating oil, making them more energy efficient to operate, and more environmentally friendly.

For expert oil boiler service in the MetroWest area, call Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC today. Our heating technicians have been installing, maintaining and repairing oil boilers in homes all over the region for years, so you can rest assured that your home heating equipment is in the hands of experienced professionals when you call us for service.

Oil Boiler Installation

As with most major household appliances, the key to oil boiler longevity is proper installation. An oil boiler that is hastily, unprofessionally or otherwise incorrectly installed can have major performance issues. It may burn fuel inefficiently, causing your bills to skyrocket while your home isn’t even reaching the desired temperature. It may operate just fine for a while but have lingering problems that build to the point where you’ll eventually need to call for repairs which may be expensive. Even worse, the fuel lines could leak, creating a situation that is potentially very dangerous.

Even if you have an oil boiler in your home already, you may want to consider replacing it. Many older boilers are inefficient, especially if they’re over a decade old. They also tend to be oversized, meaning you are burning more fuel than is necessary to heat your home. In either case, you’ll likely spend more money on energy each month than is necessary.

When installing a new boiler or replacing an old one, it’s important to call an experienced professional, who knows all the local codes and has the skill and expertise necessary to ensure a solid installation. A boiler installation expert will also be able to help you pick out the best unit for your home before the process even begins.

Oil Boiler Maintenance

Oil boilers should be inspected annually, ideally during a time of year when it isn’t in use. During an annual inspection, a technician will check your fuel lines for leaks or clogs, tighten the various connections and replace any parts that need repair. This little bit of attention each year can keep small problems from developing into much larger ones.

Try to schedule your inspection for spring, right after the heating season ends, or fall, just before it starts. That way, you will be sure not to forget, and you can be sure your system is operating at peak performance when the cold sets in.

Oil Boiler Repair

At some time or another, your oil boiler may stop working and need repair. Boiler repairs should be performed by a professional, but before making that call, there’s one quick thing you can try that may get your boiler running again without a service call. Most oil boilers have a reset button, usually located on top of the unit. If your boiler isn’t working, try pressing that. If it fires right back up, you’re good to go. If not, it’s definitely time to call a professional.

If you live in the Metro West Boston area and your home is heated using an oil boiler, call the HVAC experts at Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC the next time you need any type of service. Our technicians have years of experience with oil boiler installation, maintenance and repair, and we’re always happy to help out another one of our neighbors.